The uniqueness of Menengai Crater
Menengai Crater is one of the unique tourist attractions on Kenya safari particularly in the town of Nakuru located in Nakuru County. The journey to Menengai Crater starts from the city of Nairobi and you will need to drive for about 2 hours to get to Menengai Crater. Only 10 minutes’ walk from Nakuru town will lead you to the Crater. The crater attracts several visitors to the park and it is endowed with wonderful and magnificent views of the crater. It has been reported that more than 150 visitors do visit the Menengai on daily basis. There are a lot of interesting features that you need to understand about the popular this Crater in Kenya.
Menengai Crater as the adamant volcano; When we tell of the Menengai Crater, we mean the volcanic mountain which was formed during the volcanic activity and through the process of vulcanicity. The Crater is located in the rift valley in Kenya with close to other volcanoes such as Mount Longonot which is only 60 kilometers away from the Menengai Crater. The only difference here is that Menengai Crater is dormant and therefore it can erupt any time in the future however other volcanoes are totally extinct
Additionally, Menengai Crater is ranked as the second-largest caldera in the whole world and this makes it automatically the largest caldera in Kenya. A lot of mind-blowing area which is equivalent to 90 square kilometers surrounds the Crater
Most people have classified the Menengai Crater as the dominant volcano and this is supported by the presence of the steam jets that this Crater have. These are found in alternate directions and parts of the mountains even at the base of this caldera. The steam jets are so crucial when it comes to eruption as they act as the channels that releasing pressure when the heated magma forces the larva to come out as the hotel larva. All these features are so interesting for you to come and see when visiting this wonderful Menengai Crater
Importantly, the Menengai Crater is quite young estimated to be about 200,000 years ago considering the rift valley that has lasted for two million years. Therefore, this implies that in conservation to other mountain features in the whole country then this Crater can see as almost new which so interesting is.
Additionally, a lot of wildlife is supported by Menengai Crater. The Crater acts as the important habitat for the flora and fauna and visitors who have been to this mountain have testified how they have been able to see a lot of animals at the Crater and these animals include the duikers, hyenas, and primates majorly baboons. Several bird species can also be seen around the Crater and it has also favored the local people’s activities especially grazing their livestock especially at the lower levers of the mountains.
Menengai Crater also features a lot of tourist activities that whoever visits the cater volcano is able to engage in. most notably are the magnificence sceneries and views of the Lake Nakuru and its surroundings, the hiking safaris, picnicking, you can also visit the GDC plant that is used to produce the geothermal power which can be produced from the steam jets.
To some of the communities around, the Menengai Crater has been used as the places where they go and pray to God even some do travel for a long distance and come to the Menengai Crater just to pray to God and others spend some time fasting which they believe can help them to improve their relationship with God
Also, some of the activities although it is very wonderful and attractive to the visitors, however, this is not the case to some of the communities as they believe that the Crater is dominated by demons literally meaning the Kirima Kya Ngoma and this has caused several tales to exists and how the mountain is haunted by the spirits that are claimed to have died or killed within the area. Some of the locals claim that some people have committed suicide because of the demons believed to be associated with the mountains.
The visitors who are interested in exploring this Crater will have to contact the Kenya Forest Services which is responsible for protecting the Menengai Crater as well as directing the people or visitors who are coming to visit this wonderful feature.